Compatibility and Installation
Like most other Thermalright coolers, SilverArrow SB-E Extreme is compatible with all contemporary platforms. It installed in exactly the same manner as SilverArrow SB-E or Archon SB-E. To mount the cooler on a mainboard, you have to follow three easy steps.
1. Insert threaded bushes into the socket retention holes:
2. Attach a retention plate with holes to the bushes using four enclosed screws:
3. Set the heatsink (without fans) on top of the CPU and secure it on top with a steel plate and screws:
Of course, do not forget to apply a layer of thermal interface, especially since Thermalright The ChillFactor III paste included with the cooler is a highly efficient product. Just like with previous Thermalright cooler models, SilverArrow SB-E Extreme retention provides very high pressure hold. However, we still believe that the best ever retention mechanism from Thermalright is the one of the very first Archon, where we could adjust the pressure to our preference.
The next step is to attach the fans and determine the possible conflicts SilverArrow SB-E Extreme might have with other system components around the processor socket:
The heatsink and the central fan won’t cause any problems, while the external fan could easily interfere with tall heat-spreaders on the memory modules. Our memory modules are not too tall, but nevertheless, we had to move the external fan as high up as possible even in our system (the retention clips were pressed against the heat-spreader).
The very bright fans make Thermalright SilverArrow SB-E Extreme stand out inside the system case:
I also have to add that we had no problem closing the side panel of our Antec Twelve Hundred system case.